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Newel Posts: All You Need To Know

Newel posts are a crucial element of the staircase and can be often overlooked. They can vary in design from traditional to contemporary which means this element can mirror the style of the staircase and interior décor.

We explore what newel posts are, why they are so important and the variety of styles and materials available.

What Are Newel Posts?  

A newel post, also known as a central pole or support column, is the upright post that sits at the top and/or the bottom of the balustrade. The purpose of this post is to support a staircase bannister and secure the balustrade.

They are available in a range of materials, with popular choices being oak, and pine. Styles include: turned, twisted, chamfered, box and fluted.

Why Are They So Important?

Newel posts are important as they provide a balustrade structure and strength, meaning that the staircase is durable and stable.

As the staircase is one of the first things you see when you walk into the home, it’s important to ensure the finishing touches, such as the newel posts, match your intended vision and style.

They also provide the perfect opportunity to add a decorative touch to your staircase whilst ensuring that the feng shui flows throughout your home.

How Newel Posts Can Vary In Style

Newel posts can vary in style, from the more traditional design to a more modern and contemporary version.

As shown below, the combination of solid timber spindles with ornate steel spindles creates a unique and bespoke solution, making a compelling and contemporary design statement.

Or, if you are looking for something more classic, our oak fluted staircase design below is the epitome of classic and grand, with its oak newel posts that complement the craftsmanship and quality of Neville Johnson.

Newel posts provide the chance for homeowners to add a decorative and eye-catching interior twist to their staircase. Whatever style you are looking to achieve, newel posts can be adapted to fit your vision.

Book your free visit with one of our expert designers today. Or request a free Neville Johnson brochure. online for even more ideas to provide you with more staircase inspiration.

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